Juventus captain, Giorgio Chiellini has aimed a dig at Cristiano Ronaldo by claiming the team revolved around him at the club and that his presence forced Paulo Dybala to ‘lower his goals’ to accommodate him.
The Portuguese superstar left Juventus for Manchester this summer after three years in Italy, rejoining United in an emotional deadline-day transfer.
Ronaldo marked his Old Trafford homecoming with two goals as United beat Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday.
Following Ronaldo’s exit, Juventus have struggled to manage just one point from their opening three matches of the Serie A season after losing 2-1 against Napoli.
Despite their poor start, Chiellini said he believeS Juventus can now cope without the 36-year-old after the club used the team to play for him.
The defender told DAZN as quoted by Football Italia: ‘When you have a world-class player like Cristiano, you cannot help but use the team to play for him.
‘We must be grateful to Cristiano for all he did during these years at Juventus, but we carry on.
‘This will be Paulo Dybala’s team. Over the last couple of years, he lowered his average goals because of Cristiano’s presence, but he is a key player for this team and that is recognised by everyone.’